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Me Before You

Me Before You - Jojo Moyes

I must say blurb about this book did not do any justice to the beauty of the book. I read the blurb and set aside it as maybe someday I’ll read it. But then it became a group read and I decided to give it a try. And I’m happy that this time I read it. 

Lou has lost her job and is in search of one when she takes in as the caretaker of Will Traynor, a quadriplegic. It is a six month contract job and salary is exceptionally good. Will is not the best person to work with and Lou is ready to leave the job after one week. But for her family’s financial conditions she decides to continue the job. And thats how she comes to know the real Will and they come to care for each other. 

Will was a very active and outgoing kind of person before his accident. His accident left him in a wheelchair depending on others which he hated. After his accident when he was hopeful of recovery he did try hard to go back to be normal. But once it was clear that he would never be same again he took a decision which was painful for him and his family. 

With time he come to care for Lou deeply. He encourages her to do something with her life. He wants her to go out of England so that she can explore the world. He understands her fears and motivates her to not to blame herself for whatever happened to her in the past. He also encourages her to continue study and do what makes her happy. 

“Some mistakes... Just have greater consequences than others. But you don't have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.” 

But accepting his love for her is the most difficult thing for him as he knows he can’t do what she wants him to do. 

“I can't do this because I can't...I can't be the man I want to be with you. And that means that this - this just becomes...another reminder of what I am not.” 

Lou, who is a simple girl, did not know what she wanted to be in her life. In the start of her contract she hates Will for his rude behaviour and insulting her. But very slowly she comes to discover real Will. She wants Will to be hopeful about life. She actually makes Will to leave his home and go outside which is very rare for him. And when it comes the time to tell him how much she loves him, it is just so amazing and painful at the same time. 

“All I can say is that you make me... you make me into someone I couldn't even imagine. You make me happy, even when you're awful. I would rather be with you - even the you that you seem to think is diminished - than with anyone else in the world.” 

An engaging and amazing read.

Blood Rites

Blood Rites  - Jim Butcher

its the sixth book in the series and I’m seriously hooked with Harry Dresden. This book is fast paced, funny, lighter in plot but still full of action. 

In this edition Harry find himself solving a case for an adult film maker who is facing a strong entropy curse and his female associates are getting murdered one by one. Harry also fights Black Court’s nest with the help of Murphy and Kincaid (a hired assassin). If all this is not enough, Harry also finds himself in the middle of White Court’s power struggle. 

This book also focus more on emotional quotient. Be it Murphy’s relation with her mother and her sister or shocking revelation about Harry’s sibling. Even the emotional bond between Thomas and his sisters is also beautifully described. 

Jim Butcher’s writing and the way he tells us the story is amazing. The time he takes in plot development never felt too much. Everything simply is perfect. Placing small jokes here and there making me laugh and then some serious talk. Twist and turns of the book simply put me on the edge throughout the reading. 

I absolutely love "Mouse", his new pet. 

& I’m glad that I didn’t stopped reading this series after third or fourth book.

Gabriel's Redemption

Gabriel's Redemption (Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy) - Sylvain Reynard

This series was supposed to be a dual so when I found out that there would be a third book I was little shocked and was thinking what could be next after Gabriel and Julia’s life got a perfect ending in the second book. As first two books are my favorite in adult fiction I decided to read it. And I regretted it.

Story was too simple and slow paced. It was like author has decided to tell us about the lives of secondary characters of first two books. She tells us what Paul, Rachel, Simon and Julia’s father’s lives are like after the book two. 

I love Gabriel and Julia but in this book they’re so bad. They want each other to be happy but on the other hand they’re also very selfish and self-centered. I was horribly irritated by both of them. In comparison to theirs I liked others’ stories much more interesting.

I don’t know why the author felt that there should be third book. Because there was no need. Her writing skills were absolutely outstanding in first two books and this one was a disaster. 

A huge disappointment.

Blood Song

Blood Song - Anthony  Ryan

I found it on my goodreads recommendation and after reading its blurb added it right away to my to-read shelf. Had it there for almost six months and finally started the year 2014 with this FANTASTIC book. 

Story starts with 10 year old Vaelin Al Sorna, son of Battle Lord of the Unified realm, left at the gate of Sixth Order by his father to train under the Order. Years of training and tests make Vaelin a famous warrior who is feared and respected by all. But as the story proceeds certain circumstances made Vaelin to ask a favor from King Janus, a selfish, deceitful and a greedy man. As it turns out King Janus had his own proposition for Vaelin to follow in return of his favor and Vaelin’s life was never same again. 

Vaelin’s relationship with his fellow Brothers at the Sixth Order has been beautifully described. I loved the their stories that the Brothers had share with him at one or another point of their friendship. There are female characters too but there was little of them as compared the male counterparts. Hope there'll be more of them in the next book. 

Plot is full of scheming, mystery and secrets. There is also magic but it never overshadowed the story and I didn’t spend hours marveling upon it (like I did with Mistborn: The Final Empire and doing now for The Black Prism). Magic has just the right and subtle touch the on lives of people. 

Pace of the book is electrifying. Definitely a long book (and a compellingly page turner) but it was so captivating that I felt sad when I finished it. I wanted to know more about Vaelin and of course there is a second book coming this July but it seem too far away now. 

Highly recommended!!

Prince of Thorns

Prince of Thorns  - Mark  Lawrence

There are many things for rating it one star but these two are clearly a standout:

1) I read it simultaneously with a far more better book.
2) I never forget that the protagonist is a fourteen year old boy.

Prince Jorg was ten year old when he saw his mother and brother killed while he was tangled in a briar. Some time later he fled his palace, joins a group of thugs and spend almost three years on road. At the age of fourteen he came back in his palace and demands to be the prince of the Ancrath. 

There are lot of bad things with this book:

-> Protagonist i.e. Jorg is not a hero. He is an anti-hero. He murder people, burn whole villages, rape girls and indulge in whoring (& he is just a 14 year old kid). He is devoid of any type of humanity and kindness. 
-> He is not a warrior yet he wins every battle he fights. His triumphs comes in moments of sheer flukes. 
-> Even after completing the whole book I still couldn’t get why a group of full grown thugs (who are very cruel and have brutal strength) are afraid of a fourteen year old kid.
-> I didn’t find anything dark and gritty about the magic and believe me story is too bad to be called a dark or epic fantasy. 

I’m holding this series for now. May be later in the year I come back and read it and HOPE that Prince Jorg oops sorry King Jorg behave like a grown up